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Palagano

Contact

Ufficio Turistico Comunità Montana Modena Ovest
Via Rocca 1,
I-41045 Montefiorino

Phone
0536/962727
Fax
0536/965312


Detailed description:

This village dates back to very ancient times (its name derives from "Paiaga" which means "wealth", "wellbeing" in the Tyrrhenian etymology), near the copper-mines of Boccassuolo. In the Bronze Age the extraction system consisted in lighting up large bonfires on the mineral vein to achieve a partial melting. This operation implied big puffs of smokes and heavy air pollution caused by the toxic copper powders, therefore only the slaves’ huts were located near the mines, while the population lived a few kilometres away. The mines are still visible. Palagano started to flourish again in the late 16th cent. when new copper extraction methods were introduced to reduce costs and increase productivity. Evidence of this period are some private residences (such as Sabbatini Palace) and the churches of the area. Nearby there are villages and hamlets worth visiting. Monchio: here a Nazi massacre took place in 1944. On Mount Giulia, in the middle of Parco della Resistenza, the Romanesque Church of Santa Giulia overlooks the whole panorama on the Dolo, Dragone, Rossenna and Secchia valleys, limited on the horizon by the Cusna and Cimone mountains. In Cà del Giglio you can admire an interesting house-cum-tower. Boccassuolo: besides the mines, it is a lively area of meadows and fresh waters. Its church houses precious 12th cent. holy-water fonts and a 18th cent. painting depicting the golden ash's legend of Frassinoro. Costrignano: an ancient Roman "castrum" which features a notable 17th-18th cent. belfry.

accessible:

Car, Bus, Trail, Bike

Animals allowed: Yes

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